U.S. approves warrantless wiretapping, requires Service Providers to disclose user data

HR 5825 authorizes the President to conduct electronic surveillance without a court order for up to a year. The only requirements are that the surveillance is meant to acquire the “contents of communications of foreign powers” and that the Attorney General follows certain safeguard procedures. In order to authorize this type of surveillance, all that the president has to do is have his Attorney General certify in writing that the surveillance meets legal criteria.The government also requires Internet service providers and other telecommunications companies to assist with any valid request for such surveillance—and they must protect the secrecy of the request.

Read this article from Ars, House OKs Expanded Wiretap Program from the LA Times and contribute to the entry for the Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act in the Whats New Media Wiki

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